WFP Additional Contribution 2017 to Scale Up Operations in South Sudan in Response to the Hunger Emergency
On 24 February 2017, SDC/HA pledged an additional allocation of CHF 15 million to support emergency relief operations to help populations facing starvation in parts of Africa (South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and the larger Lake Chad Region) and Yemen. This decision followed a call issued by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 22 February 2017 urging for USD 4.4 billion aid to avert famine for 20 million people who risk starvation in these countries. Out of the CHF 15.0 million, CHF 7 million will be allocated to support WFP’s emergency operations in South Sudan, Nigeria and the larger Lake Chad region, and Yemen.
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Emergency food assistance
- World Food Programme
Sector according to the OECD Developement Assistance Commitiee categorisation EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Sub-Sector according to the OECD Developement Assistance Commitiee categorisationEmergency food aid
Aid Type Project and programme contribution
Founded in 1961, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger and under-nutrition. Responding to emergencies and saving lives and livelihoods – directly and by strengthening country response capacities – form the major part of WFP’s operations.
However, ending hunger remains a significant global challenge which must be achieved in the context of increasingly complex and protracted humanitarian needs. It requires WFP to act as a part of a system by helping to shape the way in which partners interact and relate to each other. WFP’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021) is responding to these challenges by fully aligning its activities to the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 and 17 mainly.
On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year, mostly women and children. Around 14’000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.
WFP’s vision is a world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. Without food, there can be no sustainable peace, no democracy and no development.
The overall goal of WFP is providing immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations.
|Target groups||WFP beneficiaries worldwide|
WFP provides emergency food assistance in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters and supports food assistance programmes that bridge the gap between relief and recovery, helping communities build a better future. In addition, WFP’s longer-term approaches to hunger, such as building community resilience and promoting the scale-up of social protection and cash-based transfer interventions, help the transition from recovery to development.
The objectives of WFP are aligned with the Agenda 2030, whereas WFP will prioritize SDG 2, on achieving zero hunger; and SDG 17, on partnering to support implementation of the SDGs.
Expected results: WFP fights hunger in least-developed and low-income countries where victims of natural disasters, refugees, displaced people and the hungry poor face severe food shortages. The frontline stretches from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Results from previous phases: WFP’s agility in responding to humanitarian needs, its ability to innovate and learn and its willingness to act when called on by its partners are recognized as core strengths that support partners’ responses to increasing and more complex humanitarian needs.
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United Nations Organization (UNO)
|Coordination with other projects and actors||WFP’s Strategic Plan (2017-2021) recognizes the importance of increased synergy and cross-sectoral collaboration among all United Nations agencies, particularly FAO and IFAD. In addition, the plan places high priority on ensuring complementarity with the policies and practices of partners, including national governments, regional institutions, civil society and academia.|
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 3’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 3’000’000|